things to do in february

Things To Do in London in February 2016

Winter is nearly gone and our offbeat tips for things to do in London in February are sure to bring the sun out!

This month’s top picks include erotic cake decoration, a £1 book sale, Ghana beats, a Harry Potter cabaret & much more…


Changing Minds

Changing Minds | Sat 6-Sun 7 Feb | Southbank Centre, Waterloo

Aiming to help quash mental health taboos through shows, talks & art it’s about time a festival like this should take centre-stage.

SEE16 Arts Festival

SEE16 Arts Festival | Thu 11-Sun 14 Feb | Various Venues & Prices

Bermondsey, Canada Water, Surrey Quays & Rotherhithe are alive with the sound of music, workshops & performances.

Vault Festival

Vault Festival | Throughout Feburary | The Vaults, Waterloo

London gives Edinburgh a run for it’s money with this subterranean feast of theatre, comedy, food & most important a nice pint! See our top 10 here.

Theatre & Shows

Hamlet Peckham

Hamlet Peckham | 1-27 Feb | Bussey Building, Peckham

Following the success of Othello in 2013, Shakespeare Peckham return with Hamlet to prove Shakespeare can be accessible & relevant.

The Solid Life of Sugar Water

The Solid Life of Sugar Water | Fri 26 Feb-Sat 19 March | Various Prices

A tender play from Jack Thorne (Skins, Shameless) that gets to the heart of relationships & their complications in a beautiful way.

Light at Battersea Arts Centre

Light by Theatre Ad Infinitum | 1-13 Feb | Battersea Arts Centre | From £9

A jaw-dropping dystopian light show decends upon the Battersea Arts Centre. Light tells the story of Orwellian future where a totalitarian regime monitors the thoughts of its citizens through implants & those who fight against the machine.

The Little Prince - Arcola Theatre

The Little Prince | 8-13 Feb | Arcola Theatre, Dalston

Arcola Queer Collective present a unique take on the French classic which touches the castaway in us all.

Comedy & Cabaret

Ida Barr - Wilton's Music Hall

Artificial Hip Hop by Ida Barr | 11-13 February | Wilton’s Music Hall, Tower Hill

My old man said follow the van, and don’t dilly dally on your way to Wilton’s. Ida Barr the music hall legend and hip hop artiste extraordinaire is here to show you a good time.

Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Fundraiser

The Harry Potter & The Hogwarts Fundraiser Spectacular | Fri 5 Feb | The Camden Head

Snap up your tickets quick for this POTTER themed cabaret from the finest oddball comedy heroes in London.

tez ilyas

Tez Talks: Tez Ilyas | 3-6 Feb | Soho Theatre

In ‘Tez Talks’ assumes you are in a class in the final stages of a conversion to Islam and his final class is on integrating into British life. Tez cuts to the heart of British issues around Islam and pokes fun at the media in a hilarious hour of comedy.

Film & Music

Asia House Film Festival

Asia House Film Festival | 22 February-5 March | Various Venues

11 feature films, three documentaries and five short films coming out of countries including Japan, China, Kazakhstan, Myanmar and Afghanistan. The programme includes the rather awesome State of Play (pictured above), which gives you a unique insight into the world of professional video gaming.

In The Round: Marianne Faithful

In the Round: Marianne Faithfull | Tue 2 Feb | Roundhouse, Camden

Marianne Faithfull is our highlight of the In the Round season of intimate performances at the best train shed in London.

Sister Act 2

Sister Act 2 + Live Gospel | Fri 26 Feb | St Nicholas’ Church, Deptford

SING HALLELUJAH as the great Whoopi and Lauryn Hill aigggt team up for the sequel of the century and are joined by a live gospel choir in a massive church.

late at the library

Late at The Library: Ghana Beats | Fri 12 Feb | British Library, Kings Cross

British Library presents another pulsating night of music, culture and food from the awesome Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen.

Markets & Sales

Amnesty Book Sale

Amnesty £1 Book Sale | Thu 4 Feb | Amnesty, Shoreditch

Get your dose of ye olde world knowledge with Amnesty’s £1 book sale.

DIY art market

DIY Art Market | Sun 14 Feb | EPIC, Dalston | Free Entry

The pop art market for those who love their illustration, ornamentals & painted wares.

Pop Up Mag Shop

Pop-Up Indie Magazine Shop | Sat 6 Feb | Albert House, Old Street | Free Entry

A one-day pop up indie magazine shop in Old Street which gives all the cash raised to the publishers themselves.


Coppafeel Celbrity Boob Ball

Coppafeel Celbrity Boob Ball | Mon 1 Feb | The Copper Box, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park | £11.43

Celebrities including Russell Howard & Greg James step up for the charity dodgeball tournament spectacular.

Erotic Cake Decoration

Erotic Cake Decoration | Sat 13 Feb | The Book Club, Shoreditch |£7

Missing the Bake Off, then get on down to The Book Club where the folks from the Old Milk Float will teach you that baking is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Leonardo DiCaprio Night: Romeo & Juliet Screening + Quiz | Tue 2 Feb | Upstairs at The Ritzy, Brixton

‘Don’t ever let go, Jack’, this night is a must for any Leo fans out there!

NIGEL BARRETT & LOUISE MARI’S VALENTINE’S GAMES NIGHT |  Fri 12 Feb | Shoreditch Town Hall, Shoreditch Town Hall  | £15

A competitive Valentine’s games fiesta featuring over 200 games including Scalextric, Chinese chequers, Mousetrap, Dwile Flonking, Chess, Deal or no Deal, Asteroids, crazy golf and British Bulldog.

Day Trips

The Mighty Hoop-La

Guilty Pleasures presents The Mighty Hoop-La | Fri 26-Sun 28 | Butlins, Bognor Regis

Ok so we admit it’s not in London, but we think the pop kids of London will vacate to sunny Bognor to dance to the likes of Guilty Pleasures, Sink the Pink, Sister Sledge & En Vogue.

Did we forget anything for our top things to do in London in February? Leave a comment below with your thoughts…

Rupert Dannreuther


I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.